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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

~ When in Doubt, Pinky Out ~



Pippa has swept the world with her smashing good looks, the Royal Couple are enjoying a fabulous honeymoon and Harry Potter has finished his brilliant battle with the Dark Lord. The world has been taken with British culture and bloody hell, so am I. But alas, I can not afford to travel to Europe, sit on patios, sip wine, and gaze at Big Ben. So why not bring Europe to you by celebrating with one of Britain's oldest traditions? High Tea. Here is a recipe for some simple tea sandwiches that you can pair with your favorite tea. Feel free to use this as inspiration to create your own unique sandwiches with whatever suits your fancy. You'd be mad not to dahhhling.

Tea Sandwiches

Ingredients:
2 slices good bread (whole wheat for healthier sandwiches)
cucumber sliced
smoked salmon
fresh dill chopped
cream cheese (softened)
salt & pepper to taste

Preparation:
Soften the cream cheese by putting it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Cut the crust off of your sliced bread. Spread the cream cheese on both slices of bread. Top one side with cucumbers, smoked salmon or both. Sprinkle dill and salt and pepper to taste. Place the other slice of bread on top and cut into cute small rectangle or triangle shapes. Enjoy your brilliant creation with a cup of tea, (pinky out).


Favorite tea kettle from MacKenzie-Childs


Monday, July 11, 2011

Sun Kissed



I love summer. It's the time where I come to life. All winter I sit inside, cold and lethargic, reading books and sipping tea. I often feel like I'm 80. Or a sloth. And then one day the sun is shining, the air is warm, and I wake up! I have energy, I smile more and just feel happier. I take advantage of the sunny weather and beautiful warm nights.

And this summer is no exception. Which is why I kicked it off with making my first batch of Sun Tea. Fresh iced tea that is easy, fun and environmentally friendly to make. You'll also feel pretty handy that you made it all-natural. If you ask me the tea tastes fresher and more delicious than any store bought tea and you don't have to heat up your kitchen to make it. Plus you can be creative and use fun teas like white peach with mint for a great summer refresher. Enjoy the power of the sun!

Sun Tea Recipe

Courtesy of Simple Recipes

Method:

Put 4 to 6 tea bags into a clean 2 quart glass container. Fill with water and cap. Place outside where the sunlight can strike the container for about 3 to 5 hours. Move the container if necessary to keep it in the sun. Add a few tablespoons of sugar. When the tea has reached its desired strength, remove from sun and put it in the refrigerator. You may or may not want to remove the tea bags at this point. I usually don't.

The tea will probably taste more mellow than what you are used to from using boiling water. The slow seeping has a way of bringing out a slightly different flavor from the tea. Also, because you didn't use boiling water, you should refrigerate the tea and drink it up pretty quickly - a day or two. It will not keep as well as iced tea made from boiling water.

I usually make sun tea with various forms of herbal tea. Sometimes you can put in a few sprigs of fresh mint as well.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Red White and Yellow


In preparation for the big day, I'm psyching my mind and gut for all things unhealthy, un-wholeful and ALL AMERICAN! And what better way to start than with a Let's be Frank hot dog. At least their made from pasture-based livestock free from hormones, steroids, and other junk.

And for all you non red meat eaters and vegetarians such as myself, they got you covered with their homemade turkey and spicy veggie dog. Ask for the grilled onions and homemade spicy devil sauce if your into that sorta thing. The only downside? No dill relish.

Which brings me to my next thought.

Which relish is more "American", Dill or Sweet?

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!!!





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